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Is The Ketogenic Diet Safe For Weight Loss?

Share it: If you’ve been contemplating various weight-loss strategies, you may have run across the ketogenic diet. This dietary strategy, which is often used in a clinical setting to help improve seizure control in children with epilepsy, is picking up steam as an effective treatment for weight loss. But is it right for you? We turned to the experts to find out more. WHAT IS IT? The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that forces the body into a state of ketosis, where fat is burned for fuel instead of carbohydrate. (This isn’t to be confused with ketoacidosis, a dangerous condition typically caused by a lack of insulin in the body.) According to Dominic D’Agostino, a researcher at the University of South Florida who specializes in ketogenic diets, “The ‘classic ketogenic diet’ used originally for the management of drug-resistance seizures is a 4:1 ratio of fats to protein and carbohydrates.” That equates to about 80–90% fat, 5–15% protein and 5–10% carbohydrates. For weight loss, he says, this diet is typically modified “to allow a more liberal consumption of protein” (20–30%) with the same carbohydrate restriction. IS IT Continue reading >>

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  1. Timothy Covel

    “Is it safe”… knowing nothing about your general health status, any specific conditions, age, weight, sleep, stress levels, there is no way someone can say yes or no to this question with absolute certainty.
    I can give you a probabilistic answer, which is that most people seem to have no serious side effects or problems on a ketogenic diet, so you probably would not either.
    Or an anecdotal answer, which is that I’ve been doing keto for several years, so 12 weeks seems like a trivial commitment and should be no problem in my experience.

    Unfortunately “Is it safe” sounds like a question for a doctor, for which the answer carries a certain weight of liability, and I am not one.

  2. Elsdon Carel Ward

    A ketogenic diet burns body fat in the absence of carbohydrate. But the process is turned off by eating carbs. I would say that it is perfectly safe to restrict your carbs to the recommended minimum per day - but not to go without any. If you are eating mainly protein - limit your fat intake and eat lean proteins. There is still a question mark over a high fat diet and its relationship to cardio-vascular health - so avoid oils and fats other than what is in nuts and avocados.

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